English language requirements

Ensure you meet our English language standards

Our programmes are linguistically demanding, and therefore strong English language skills are critical to academic success on your programme and in your future career.

All home, EU and overseas applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Students who are not native speakers of English, or were not awarded their degree in a qualifying English speaking country, must demonstrate their proficiency by completing an approved English language qualification at the required level as outlined below.

Tier 4 visa English proficiency

If you require a Tier 4 visa, your Confirmation for Acceptance of Studies (CAS), will include a statement which confirms the College has made its own assessment of your English language. When applying for your Tier 4 visa, you will not be required to provide evidence of your English language ability with your visa application. However, you are still required to provide official evidence to the College of the accepted English language test you have taken.

For information and advice on applying for your visa please go to our International Student Support pages.

English language interview

English language interviews are available to admitted students who have studied for at least one year in, and been awarded a degree from an English-speaking country. Interviews are conducted by our English language instructor and typically take place by phone, or an assessment of your video interview for selected MSc programmes.

We recognise English-speaking countries as: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, and the West Indies.

English language qualifications

If you do not meet the criteria above, you will be required to submit one of the following English language qualifications.

We strongly recommend that students take the English test before applying and provide your score as part of your application.

Below are the minimum scores needed for admission, but successful students typically demonstrate higher levels of achievement.

IELTS (Academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in all elements. For details of IELTS test centres, visit the IELTS website. Alternatively, contact your nearest British Council office if you are not a UK resident.

IELTS scores will only be valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date.

We will accept a TOEFL test with an overall grade of 100, with 22 in each element.

Imperial College considers TOEFL tests to be valid for two years. Scores must be valid at the beginning of your studies at Imperial College, should your application be successful.

You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.

Grade C in English Language

Tests taken before 1st January 2015 – Grade B. Tests taken after 1st January 2015 – an overall score of 185, with a minimum of 176 in each element.

Tests taken before 1st January 2015 – any pass grade with a pass in each element OR Level C1 Certificate.

Tests taken after 1st January 2015 – an overall score of 185 with a minimum of 176 in all elements.

European Baccalaureate 7/10 or better in English in the final examinations.

French Baccalaureate ‘International Option’ – 12/20 or better in the final examination.

Please note this must be the international option.

GCSE or GCE ‘O’ Level in English language with B or above.

Hong Kong AS Level in English – Grade C or better.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examinations Syllabus B – Grade 4 or better.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education – Level 3 in English.

IGCSE English as a First Language at grade B or above.

For qualifications taken after 2013
English A: Language & Literature: Grade 4 (if taken at either Standard or Higher Level)
English A: Literature: Grade 4 (if taken at either Standard or Higher Level)
English B: Grade 6 (if taken at Standard Level) or Grade 5 (if taken at Higher Level)

For qualifications taken before 2013
English A1 Syllabus: Grade 4 (if taken at either Standard or Higher Level)
English A2 Syllabus: Grade 5 (if taken at Standard Level) or Grade 4 (if taken at Higher Level)
English B Syllabus: Grade 6 (if taken at Standard Level) or Grade 5 (if taken at Higher Level)

Grade B3 or better in English.

An overall score of 69, with no less than 62 in the writing, speaking, reading and listening elements.

Imperial College considers PTE scores to be valid for two years. Scores must be valid at the beginning of your studies at Imperial College, should your application be successful.

Grade 2 or better in English.

Singapore Cambridge A-Level – Grade C in English.

Singapore Cambridge O-Level – Grade B in English.

Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A Levels – Grade C in General Paper (SIPCAL).

Standard
CAP 4.5 out of 5 in English Language*

Higher
CAP 4.5 out of 5 in English Language*

*For this qualification our standard and higher English requirements are set at the same level.

SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) – Grade A in English Language (1119).

Grades 1-4 in English Language.

Pre-sessional courses

The Business School does not offer pre-sessional English courses or accept attendance of a pre-sessional English course as a means of meeting the English language requirement.